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Author Topic: it's uncommon these days for top pros to squat over bodyweight poundages  (Read 736 times)
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« on: December 10, 2012, 03:48:51 AM »

this seems like a trend

they dont go over 3 plates
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2012, 03:58:02 AM »

are you sure? most pros I know kill 4 and 5 plates
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2012, 04:06:13 AM »

are you sure? most pros I know kill 4 and 5 plates
i just watched a kai greene workout and he did a bunch of weird things then went up to 315 in the back squat with ridiculous ease of course


i am willing to bet kai greene could squat 300kg
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012, 04:09:59 AM »

It's not the size of the barbell. It's how you use it.

Personally I superset squats and standing calf raises (same bar). 20 reps squats. 20 reps raises. I no longer go over 2 plates due to the volume. It's also the second superset that I do after extensions and hamstring curls (again 20 rep sets).

My goals are not powerlifting or bodybuilding though.
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012, 04:12:15 AM »

i just watched a kai greene workout and he did a bunch of weird things then went up to 315 in the back squat with ridiculous ease of course


i am willing to bet kai greene could squat 300kg
Ya I know what you mean actually, we are seeing more of this these day.

the ones i know can do 5 plates, but its not perfect form, but i guess if its good enough to use 3, it is.

their legs speak for themselves anyway Grin


this guy is a pro, in my gym, this is 5 and half plates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv-vChp6LFY

i have to say, the form is good enough
wow, great set there, that's a 700+ pound squater for a single if suited up for sure

I never go past 4 plates ever, but I do my squats ass to the floor or at least as low as I can physically possibly go.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012, 04:15:36 AM »

I have done over 5 1/2 plates for 11 reps but it was fucking hard on me. Stopped going so heavy after that, did do 20's on 4 plates a side for a while but now i would squat 2 and then on the smith if i squatted. There's no point to doing 4, you work the nervous system too much and not the muscle.

Or maybe as you have trained for longer you can get more out of the muscle doing any kind of weights which is very true. I do 4 now i would feel it so fucking much, where as doing it when i was only training a few years didn't do that, and it's not age.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2012, 04:16:48 AM »

the ones i know can do 5 plates, but its not perfect form, but i guess if its good enough to use 3, it is.

their legs speak for themselves anyway Grin


this guy is a pro, in my gym, this is 5 and half plates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv-vChp6LFY

i have to say, the form is good enough
strong and good form

but "supposedly" it's better to avoid the bouncing at the top of the reps, even tho everyone does it because it feels good

"ideally" slow down before end of rep to avoid the  bouncing, which is killing spinal discs

at least thats what the elders are saying  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2012, 04:18:15 AM »

I agree. Avoiding spinal compression is a good idea.
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2012, 04:22:37 AM »

I agree. Avoiding spinal compression is a good idea.
Very true, all it takes is one bounce if your unlucky and boom, no more squats for good.
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2012, 08:24:47 AM »

Kai does 5 plates with no problem. Saw him do a set with 6 somewhere.  Roelly was doind like 650 lbs for reps fairly recently. I believe Jason Huh squats some ridiculous weights as well. Strangely enough, these guys are some of the thickest and most muscular pros going.   I think the OP is thinking Phil Heath - who doesnt go very heavy- but he would grow doing Shake weight .
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